The Children of Aulë: The Middle-earth Dwarves Quiz
by Staff
This challenging quiz about Tolkien's Dwarves delves deeper than Gimli, farther than Thorin Oakenshield, into the very depths of Moria to uncover the Dwarves' secret origins and long history in Middle-earth.

Who created the Dwarves?

  • Aulë
  • Ilúvatar
  • Celebrimbor

How many Dwarves did Aulë initially create?

  • one
  • seven
  • 1,000

The seven Fathers of the Dwarves awoke in pairs, so their clans were strongly connected afterward, except one. Which of the Fathers awoke alone, and thus settled his clan far from other Dwarves?

  • Linnar
  • Úri
  • Durin

What do Dwarves call themselves in their own language?

  • Khazâd
  • Buzundush
  • Gundur

What was the name of the kingdom Durin carved out of the Misty Mountains before it was called Moria (which is an Elven word meaning "Black Pit")?

  • Sigin-tarâg
  • Thrór
  • Khazad-dûm

Many Dwarves from the other six clans came to live in Khazad-dûm after what event in Middle-earth's First Age?

  • the destruction of the Two Trees by Morgoth
  • the Dagor Bragollach
  • the War of Wrath

How many Rings of Power did Sauron give to the Dwarves?

  • two
  • three
  • seven

Why did Sauron eventually try to reclaim the rings from the Dwarves?

  • Sauron realized the Dwarves' rings might be used to unmake the One Ring.
  • The Dwarves were too resistant to their power, and Sauron was unable to control them.
  • Sauron wanted to consolidate their power to strengthen his armies during the Last Alliance of Elves and Men.

What affect <i>did</i> the Rings have on the Dwarven kings?

  • They made them mortal — the Dwarf-Fathers would have lived forever if they'd never taken the rings.
  • They increased their love of material wealth.
  • They made them dislike sunlight, increasing their tendency to live underground.

What is the name of the extremely rare metal the Dwarves were renowned for mining and crafting weapons, armor and jewelry out of?

  • mithril
  • ionnatar
  • idril

Their greed caused the Dwarves in Khazad-dûm to dig deeper and deeper in search of mithril. Under Durin VI, they awakened something with their deepest delvings. What was it?

  • a shard of Morgoth
  • a dragon
  • a Balrog

When Thrór returned to Khazad-dûm to reclaim it in his later years, the great orc Azog beheaded him. What did Azog carve into Thrór's forehead?

  • The true name of Durin's Bane.
  • His own name, &quot;Azog,&quot; in Dwarven runes.
  • A curse on Thrór's line.

Why did the Dwarves under Thráin leave Erebor?

  • Thráin had gradually gone mad while wearing one of the seven Rings, and he led his people on a fruitless quest to recover the missing Rings from Sauron.
  • The Noldor laid claim to the mountain, and Thráin and his Dwarves left to prevent a costly war.
  • The dragon Smaug took over the mountain and drove them out.

Thráin gathered an army of Dwarves and defeated Azog and the orcs at the Battle of Azanulbizar. However, they were unable to reclaim Khazad-dûm. Why?

  • The breaking of the dam at Gundulgathu had completely flooded the entire city.
  • The ferocity of the battle had collapsed the entrance, and not even Dwarves could find a way in.
  • The Balrog, Durin's Bane, was still there, and they were not powerful enough to defeat it.

What is the name of Thráin's son, who eventually leads a quest to destroy Smaug and reclaim Erebor?

  • Frór
  • Gimli
  • Thorin Oakenshield

What was notable about the Dwarf named Dís?

  • He was the only Dwarf to defect and fight for Sauron.
  • She was the only dwarf-woman mentioned at all by Tolkien.
  • He was found to have been living in Moria for centuries, hiding from Durin's Bane and the orcs, when Durin VII reclaimed Moria in the Fourth Age.

What proportion of the Dwarven population is made up of women?

  • one half
  • one third
  • 90 percent

Who carries the mortally wounded Thorin off of the battlefield at the Battle of Five Armies?

  • Glóin
  • Bilbo Baggins
  • Beorn, in the form of a giant bear

Where did the Dwarves who come to aid Thorin at Erabor and fight in the Battle of Five Armies come from?

  • the Blue Mountains
  • the Iron Hills
  • Mount Gundabad

Why wasn't Gimli part of Thorin's group of Dwarves on the Quest of Erebor?

  • He was feuding with Bifur at the time.
  • He was too young.
  • He'd been injured fighting an ice drake.

What does Gimli request from Galadriel when the Fellowship is leaving Lothlórien?

  • the Compass of Celebrimbor
  • permission to build a home for himself in Lothlórien
  • a strand of her hair

Gimli participates in three of the major battles of the War of the Ring: the Battle of the Hornburg, the Battle of the Morannon and…

  • the Battle of the Pelennor Fields
  • the Battle of Dale
  • the Battle of Osgiliath

Who did Gimli go on many journeys with after the War of Ring was over?

  • Gandalf
  • Pippin
  • Legolas

Where did Gimli go, eventually, when he was very old?

  • He traveled east from the Iron Hills and passed out of memory, his final days unrecorded.
  • He went to Moria, retracing the steps of the Fellowship, and died among the tombs of his ancestors.
  • He traveled to Valinor, the only Dwarf ever to do so.

What is iglishmêk?

  • The &quot;war journey&quot; that a young Dwarf must undertake to transition into adulthood.
  • A secret Dwarven sign language.
  • A form of armor made from light metal mesh that only Dwarves knew how to make.

What is the term for the Dwarves' own spoken language?

  • Dwimorish
  • Angbarzan
  • Khuzdul

What was the Nauglamir?

  • a spectacular jeweled necklace made by Dwarves during the First Age
  • the western gate to Moria
  • a curse laid upon the Firebeard clan by Saruman during the Second Age

After Beren stole one of the Silmaril from Morgoth's Iron Crown, the Elf king Thingol had the Dwarves of Nogrod place it in the Nauglamir. What did the Dwarves do when they decided they wanted the necklace and the Silmaril for themselves?

  • They killed Thingol and stole the Nauglamir.
  • They made a false copy of the Nauglamir to try and trick Thingol.
  • They revealed the location of Thingol's hidden city to Morgoth.

After he became Lord of the Glittering Caves, Gimli had Dwarven smiths craft what out of mithril?

  • a crown for Aragorn
  • new gates for Minas Tirith
  • a wedding ring for Aragorn and Arwen

What were the Petty-dwarves?

  • Nameless Dwarves that had been crafted by Aulë but never given proper life by Ilúvatar.
  • Dwarves that had been corrupted by Morgoth.
  • Dwarves that had been exiled from the other clans and settled in Beleriand in the First Age.